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December 2015 Flood Affected Taxpayers

Governor Bruce Rauner has declared Alexander, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Douglas, Iroquois, Jackson, Jersey, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, Richland, Sangamon, St. Clair, and Vermilion counties state disaster areas as a result of the flooding which occurred in December 2015 and January 2016.

The Department of Revenue will waive penalties and interest for taxpayers who cannot file or pay on time as a result of the flooding.

This waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between December 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016. This includes annual, monthly, and quarterly returns and payments that would have been due during that time period, as well as estimated and accelerated payments. Taxes affected include individual income tax, business income tax, withholding taxes, sales and use taxes, motor fuel and excise taxes, bingo tax, pull tabs tax, and charitable games tax.

IFTA filers impacted by the storms can delay filing and paying their taxes for the fourth quarter of 2015 (October – December 2015, due February 1, 2016) and the first quarter of 2016 (January – March 2016, due May 2, 2016).

Other bill payments due during these months will be handled on a case-by-case basis with reasonable cause.

Taxpayers should file or pay as soon as possible following the directions below, as applicable.

Paper filers – Write “Flood – December 2015” in red on the outside of your envelope and on the top of each page of your tax return. Include with your return a brief written explanation of why you could not file timely.

MyTax Illinois filers – To quickly and easily claim disaster relief through MyTax Illinois, log in to your MyTax Illinois account, navigate to the account for which you wish to claim disaster relief, and click “Claim Disaster Relief” under “Account Maintenance” in the left sidebar. 

Complete the online disaster relief claim request and submit it. If you wish to claim disaster relief for multiple tax types or disasters, you must complete a separate request for each tax type or disaster.

IL-1040 filers submitting a non-login return using MyTax Illinois – Notify the Department using the email procedure described below for “Electronic filers.”

IFTA filers – Notify the Department by email at REV.IFTA@illinois.gov. You should include your name and account identification number, the period that is affected, and a brief explanation of why your submission will be late, along with an estimate of when you believe you can file or pay.

Electronic filers (who do not mail tax documents and who do not log in to their MyTax Illinois account) – Notify the Department by email at REV.DisasterRelief@illinois.gov. You should include your name and account identification number (if using a Social Security number, only include the last four digits), the mailing address used on your return, the period that is affected, and a brief explanation of why the return or payment will be late, along with an estimate of when you believe you can file or pay.